#TheList Danielle Agnew, born c. 1993, and Ryan O’Neill, born 30/07/1990, formerly of Larne Road, Carrickfergus – abandoned four dogs, leaving them to starve
Agnew and O’Neill pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs.
Charges against the pair were brought by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.
One of the council’s animal welfare officers attended the property after reports of an abandoned American bulldog-type dog, two husky-type dogs and a chihuahua- type dog.
A vet who examined the animals said that each dog, including a three-month-old pup, had suffered from starvation and would have died had they not been found in time.
Sentencing: four-month suspended prison sentence. Both were ordered to pay costs totalling £1,657. Disqualified from keeping or caring for any animals for three years.